Unable to unlock password protected VBA code in Excel with correct password

Peter Karlström 21 Reputation points
2022-08-31T06:26:45.057+00:00

Since 2016 I have been working with an VBA-featured Excel file for statistical data and calculations.
The worksheet structure and the VBA code is protected with a seven-letter password with only lower caps letters.
The password has always been the same and I have never had this problem before.
Last update in the file was in May this year.

Yesterday, when I tried to unlock the VBA code I get the message Wrong password.
I have over 50 of versions of this file so I started to try and open some of the older ones, but with the same result, password is wrong!
I know the password is correct and I can actually unlock the worksheets with it, but I am still not able to access the VBA code.

I have been through possible causes and the only thing that is changed since May is that my PC is replaced with a new one. But, I have been able to unlock the VBA code in other PC’s during the years, so this really doesn’t make any sense.

Does anybody have a clue what this is all about?

Best Regards
Peter Karlström
Midrange AB, Sweden

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  1. Ceasar Chen_MSFT 4,391 Reputation points
    2022-08-31T07:15:00.127+00:00

    Hi, @Peter Karlström
    This issue is a known issue. Will there be a similar problem with starting Excel in Safe Mode? You may need to unlock the VBA code on the original device.


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  2. Peter Karlström 21 Reputation points
    2022-08-31T10:24:53.08+00:00

    Hello and thank you for your reply.

    I have tested to start excel with /safe parameter, but the result is the same.
    Unfortunately, I just found out that the old device is no longer available.

    I have previously been able to open it with other computers, but that doesn't work either.
    Since this is a known issue, do you know what the underlying cause of this is?

    Best Regards
    Peter